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Help Mayor Gonzalez Name the New East Side Industrial Park

The City hopes to attract businesses to the Heights. The first thing those businesses will see is a name.

Last month the took more steps toward creating a big industrial park at 1700 Wentworth Avenue.

This park will start off with an 8,000 square-foot expansion of current facility. The project is also expected to include the construction of at least two 100,000 square-foot manufacturing centers and a third 60,000 square-foot manufacturing center.

With a preliminary plan in place, courtesy Ginkgo Planning, Mayor David Gonzalez said he hopes the redesigned area will attract manufacturing businesses to Chicago Heights while simultaneously building up a part of the lower east side to be a strong industrial zone.

“There’s a lot of talk that manufacturing has gone overseas, but I see it coming back,” Gonzalez said. "We've already got rails in that area. It's a perfect fit."

Gonzalez said the city is currently working with Ginkgo to create a brochure that will attract industrial businesses to the Heights, but he could use some help from residents.

What should we name this new industrial park? What would speak to the history of Chicago Heights and get the attention of outside businesses? 

Comment with your suggestions and the City of Chicago Heights will take your ideas into consideration. 

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Edward Husker June 22, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I just don't know what to say or do anymore about this city. This city is run down and beaten-up. No good businesses want to come here, why would they? It's not safe. It's not any one person's fault, it's a lot of people who are at fault. I don't mean to beat a dead horse, but how did Panici and his people keep this city so safe and businesses thriving? Why were we able to have safe fests and fireworks withouts gang fights and gunshots? What happened? There is no safe area anymore in the city, any area is fair game for the gangs and hood rats. How do gang signs end up on the back of Country Squire and in the neighborhood behind it? How?!?!?! Because the home have lost so much value over the years that any scumbag who can write his name and get some type bs loan moves into a house, stays for awhile, rips up the place, stops paying whatever crappy government loan they had and then the house goes into foreclosure, the bank takes over and the another scumbag comes in, buys the house for even less and cycle starts over...ridiculous. Makes me sad to say I'm from here.
Mark June 22, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Ed, Panici and his people also had a different time to deal with. And it is unlikely that CH in those days was as much of a paradise as people remember. Part of what has changed is your eyes-- they have gotten older and more sophisticated. Remember the Jones center opened in 1910 to fight crime and poverty on the East side. it is 100 years later and the East side is still the center of crime and poverty. In your youth (and mine) we saw less of that because we didn't know what we were seeing. BTW I did appreciate one part of your analysis. The administration is telling me that all the crime in CH is due to renters and recent move-outs from the City which seems very unlikely. You seem to be saying that at least some of the "scumbags" are homeowners, a level of reality that the administration seems capable of denying. Part of the change is the decline in the employment base. Those manufacturing jobs left for macro-economic reasons that I do not believe the "industrial park" has the power to change. Another part is the movement of the retail districts to Matteson and Homewood which did a better job of accommodating the change to big box retail and got the sales tax increment as a result. Combined with the delayed effect of corrupt government which spends in excess of its income and skims a little here and there this results in a city budget which is in the red-- further reducing the services rendered and creating a less desirable area as a result.
Susan Paus June 24, 2012 at 07:48 AM
...For what it's worth, our small part of Saratoga Farms is pretty good..! We've been watching out / calling the police whenever there's any problem, and we nip it in the bud.. so now, it's pretty quiet and pleasant here! There are other such areas in the Heights here and there, that are also nice. The whole town is not trashed! Just sayin' :-D
Queen Wilson December 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM
City corruption park
Mark December 15, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Actually I've said a lot of bad things about the City but I don't see evidence of corruption in the sense of taking payoffs, etc, in the current administration-- only politics as usual and a lack of a vision.

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